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Poster: Andrew David Boyle Date: Mar 5, 2017 11:55pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Are all 6,908 videos in the Public Domain?

would be very grateful if anyone can answer this question.

Are all 6,908 videos in the Prelinger Archives in the Public Domain? I ask because some films have no mention of Public Domain in the details beneath them.

For example.
Home Movie: 000545: Tornado Damage at Port Huron, Michigan, May 21, 1953
https://archive.org/details/000545

Underneath this video it does not say it is the Public Domain.
Is it in the Public Domain?

Best wishes,
Andrew

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Poster: Deb Gallegos Date: Mar 10, 2017 3:45am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Are all 6,908 videos in the Public Domain?

I'd very much like to know the answer to this one, too.

In fact, there are many videos in the Internet Archive that do not indicate their copyright status at all. :(

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Poster: Andrew David Boyle Date: Mar 10, 2017 4:54am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Are all 6,908 videos in the Public Domain?

I did get a reply on this from Prelinger and my understanding is that only the videos that are detailed as being in the Public Domain are in the Public Domain - in the Prelinger Archives.

Most of the videos in the Prelinger Archives have this detail.

The Internet Archive is a different kettle of fish...there are many videos that are clearly not in the public domain. Again, if they are in the Public Domain it says in the detail.

If it doesn't say PD, you have to investigate further to ascertain which license the video is under. That is my understanding.

Hope that helps!

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Poster: Deb Gallegos Date: Mar 10, 2017 6:16pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Are all 6,908 videos in the Public Domain?

Thanks, Andrew! Of course, it couldn't be easy....